MMO-Champion has just reported that Blizzard has trademarked the title “The Dark Below,” and that the trademark applies to an electronic game.
So, are we looking at World of Warcraft: The Dark Below to be announced as the next expansion?
I’d hope so. “The Dark Below,” aside from being an all around awesome title, strongly hints at either an ocean-themed expansion (Ozumat bore the title “Fiend of the Dark Below”) or an underground expansion.
My two main wishes for the next WoW expansion are either an ocean-themed expansion with Azshara as the main villain, or an underground expansion based on the Old Gods, so this has me very excited. Azjol-Nerub, Nyalotha, Nazjatar… all places I’d love to go.
Now, it should be noted that there is mention of the Dark Below being associated with demons in Warcraft lore, so it could be a hint of a Burning Legion expansion, which is what everyone expected to follow Pandaria, but this mention of the Dark Below comes from the non-canon RPG, so I wouldn’t put too much stock in the idea.
Of course, there is one more possibility.
Dios mio! El Diablo!
It could also be the title for the Diablo III expansion. Certainly, “The Dark Below” does sound very Diablo-y, and there is a lot of talk that they may be announcing the D3 expansion soon, possibly at Gamescom roughly a week from now.
I hope it’s not, though. Partly because I really like the idea of Azshara and/or the Old Gods getting an expansion, and partly because I was hoping the D3 expansion would involve the angels as the main villains. “The Dark Below,” if it is a Diablo expansion, sounds like yet another traipse through Hell. Which is all well and good, but I’d like to see Diablo explore new frontiers a bit more.
So, commence weeks of rampant speculation. What do you think? Naga? Old Gods? Diablo? Azshara riding Diablo riding N’zoth riding a T-rex riding a frickin’ shark with a frickin’ laser on its head?
Please be an Azshara expansion, please be an Azshara expansion…